The 10 Best Pubs in New Hampshire!

The Public House—more commonly known as the “Pub”— is a focal point of many communities worldwide, providing an opportunity for both communion and consumption. Of noted historical importance, pubs served as secret plotting posts during the American Revolution, allowing patriots to talk strategy over a pint or two. Today, pubs allow for casual camaraderie, often accompanied by good food and strong drink. Consider a grand tour of the best pubs in the Granite State, each as special and exciting as its host community. 

1. Holy Grail Restaurant & Pub, Epping, NH

Set beautifully in a converted, 1895 church, Holy Grail is the King of New Hampshire Pubs. With original stained glass windows, pew-like booths, and an incredibly cozy choir-loft dining area, Holy Grail is a fabulous opportunity to meet, mingle, and be merry. Wednesdays mean “Community Night,” featuring deals as well as donations to local causes, a true homage to the pubs of yore.

2. Salt Hill Pub, Multiple locations

With five locations throughout New Hampshire, Salt Hill Pub is fast becoming one of the premier watering holes in the state. In addition to quality food and drink, Salt Hill features no-cover live entertainment, karaoke, and trivia at every location. Visit to enjoy a drink, a bite, or to support local music! 

3. Poor People’s Pub, Sanbornville, NH

Poor People’s Pub was founded during the economic recession of the 1970s as a way to provide both entertainment and employment to locals. Fiercely led by their mascot, the Pub Hobo, this Sanbornville location creates an experience of true community. Keep your eyes peeled, and you may just see the Pub Hobo in the flesh! 

4. The Birchwood Inn & London Tavern, Temple, NH

Opened in 1775, the Birchwood Inn and London Tavern has seen its share of fabulous guests, Henry David Thoreau among them. Claim your rightful place in history and pop in for a pint, or make a weekend of it at this authentically British inn. Be sure to try some of the truly delectable dishes available, like bacon and maple syrup macaroni and cheese and cooked to order entrees. 

5. Harlow’s Pub, Peterborough, NH

Self-billed as “a Hungarian, Irish, German, Italian, Mexican, Asian, English, and Portuguese inspired” establishment, Harlow’s Pub is a truly diverse experience that holds up from every angle. Harlow’s also leads the way in live entertainment, featuring a weekly Celtic Music Night and Open Mic Night, alongside live bands every Friday and Saturday night, as well as various other performances. Visit this Peterborough spot for great food, good beer, and a phenomenal time. 

6. Pub 32, Lincoln, NH

Whether you dine in or take out, Pub 32 is an outstanding pub experience from start to finish. Thoughtful dishes, generous pours, and one of the best staffs in state make this Lincoln location an easy choice for a fun time. 

7. Chunky’s Cinema Pub, Multiple locations

Chunky’s Cinema Pub is a whole new take on the thousand-year old concept of the pub, combining great movies with delicious food and drink! Enjoy a bite and a beer—or cocktail!—from the comfort of your reclining leather seat and take in some quality entertainment. Whether you’re after a new release, or a classic favorite—think “Goonies” and “Princess Bride”—Chunky’s is a guaranteed good time. 

8. Shovel Handle Pub, Jackson, NH

Set in a lovingly restored, 1842 barn, Shovel Handle Pub is a great way to leave the worries of the world behind and enjoy a seriously good night out. With gorgeous surroundings, frequent live entertainment and a thoughtful menu, Shovel Handle is simply one of the most picturesque pubs around. 

9. Kelley’s Row, Somersworth, NH

Once you visit, you’ll never want to leave Kelley’s Row—so it’s a good thing they reopen early for breakfast! No matter the time of day, a visit to this Somersworth location is a fabulous opportunity to spend time with the ones you love and enjoy some of the best pub fare in state. 

10. Earth Eagle Brewing, Portsmouth, NH

With an authentic biergarten and loads of exciting events, Earth Eagle Brewing is just about the perfect pub. Visit for an enthusiastic crowd and great food and drink. 

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